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12 of the best private islands to rent around the world

12 of the best private islands to rent around the world


Satellite Island


Satellite Island Tasmania

It can be tough to tear yourself away from your superyacht even for just one night, but with the luxurious accommodation found on some private islands, it can be worth it.

Round-the-clock service, perfectly prepared local cuisine and some of the best beaches in the world to share with only your nearest and dearest — we are certain that dropping anchor and tendering out to your very own spot of paradise will be the ultimate addition to your luxury yacht vacation.

1. Satellite Island, Tasmania

Originally bought by reclusive writer, poet and painter Ian Alstergren in the 1960s, Satellite Island is a rugged spot tucked into the south of Tasmania alongside Bruny Island. Wild and picturesque, this 34 hectare paradise is the perfect rural getaway.

Rates: To hire the entire island exclusively, midweek rates begin at $1,450 per night for two guests with a minimum stay of two nights. Additional guests can be added for $250 per person per night.

While you're there: Guests can spend their days exploring the various walking trails around the island, head out into the surrounding waters atop kayaks to see the island from the sea or even go diving for abalone, urchin and mussels. Additionally, guests can go fishing in the afternoon before heading up to the top of the island for a bonfire while watching the sunset.

Ensure your staff have stocked up in Hobart with ingredients for your favourite meals and dine under the stars out on the deck or on the beach with a campfire — don't forget the Tasmanian wine and freshly caught seafood from the day's adventures.

Those who fancy exploring further afield can travel over to Bruny Island to visit the winery, take a private air tour or go on a nature safari.

Getting there: Those exploring Tasmania on a superyacht can either cruise south from Hobart and anchor off the island, or moor up in Elizabeth Street Pier in Hobart and travel by private car or helicopter.

Pictures courtesy of Facebook.com / @SatelliteIsland / @elisehassey / @markchewphotography

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Li Galli


Li Galli private island

Li Galli, sometimes known as Le Sirenuse, is a minuscule archipelago of three atolls (La Rotonda, La Castelluccia and Il Gallo Lungo). Just off the Amalfi Coast, it was one of the most exclusive private islands owned by celebrities, as it used to belong to iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. It has since become one of the most luxurious Mediterranean getaways, with visitors including the likes of Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy and Greta Garbo.

Rates: Rates for exclusive use for 12 guests start from €220,000 per week, which includes catering, private yacht and staff.

While you're there: This is the perfect spot to unwind and to get away from it all, so guests can enjoy drinks and fresh fruit from the on-site vegetable gardens by one of two beautiful stone pools, or on the atmospheric dark green-tiled terrace.

Those after a more active island adventure can make use of two boats (for day trips to Positano, Capri or other spots on the Amalfi Coast), a Waverunner, canoe and surfboards. Additionally, her rugged coastline is home to a number of incredible grottoes and cave diving spots.

The six guest bedrooms are split between the main house and the tower, all of which were carefully decorated by Nureyev himself (he even went all the way to Seville to pick up some Turkish tiles for one of the rooms) and have been restored to their former glory in recent years. Bohemian, spacious and riddled with stunning artworks, kaleidoscopic tiles and furniture, the property also boasts numerous al fresco dining areas with stunning sea views, beautifully kept gardens, a helipad, a gym and a chapel, which is predominantly used for weddings.

Getting there: Superyachts up to 40 metres can moor in Marina Piccola Sorrento and superyachts up to 100 metres can moor at nearby Marina di Stabia — from here, tender around the island. Alternatively, superyachts can drop anchor nearby and tender to the island.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / freevideophotoagency

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Cempedak Private Island


Private-islands -Cempedak-Indonesia

Cempedak is the epitome of barefoot luxury, offering a peaceful escape for adults (no children under the age of 16 can visit) to unwind while surrounded by nature.

Rates: Available on request

While you're there: Retreat to one of the 20 beautiful one-bedroom villas, which are handcrafted from bamboo and have grass roofs, before enjoying a body scrub, facial and luxurious massage at the spa.

Guests can explore the sapphire waters surrounding the island via a range of activities, including kite surfing, kayaking, snorkelling trips to the coral reef, paddleboarding and sailing on one of the islands lasers or catamarans.

Those who choose to spend some time on land can partake in a game of tennis, croquet, boule and beach volleyball. For those seeking something a little more adventurous, guests can go rock climbing, mountain biking or hiking, and there are plenty of excursions away to discover nearby islands.

Getting there: It is possible to visit by superyacht and anchor off the island and you can clear customs and immigration through Bintan port.

Guests can fly to Singapore, take a private boat to Bintan Resorts and then catch another to Cempedak, which takes approximately two and a half hours in total. Alternatively, they can fly to Jakarta and then to Bintan and take a private car to Kawal before boarding the private boat to the island.

Picture courtesy of Instagram.com / @cempedakisland

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